Students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy have planted 270 saplings over the last six weeks. Students equipped with their spades set to planting and mulching the plants that were given to the school by the Woodland Trust.
The planting is now complete and students last week were able to see the saplings starting to come into leaf.
The science faculty applied in December for the free packs of saplings and selected a mix of copse, hedge, wild harvest and year-round colour trees.
“To start with, hazel, hawthorn, elder, crab apple, rowan and blackthorn were planted close together at 40-50cm spacing, and in two parallel rows also set 50cm apart,” said science teacher, Dr Jean Thackray.
“They should make a good hedgerow as they produce multiple stems and make a good, thick hedge.”
“Hopefully, in a few years, the fruits can be picked and used within the Academy to make things such as crab apple jelly, elderflower cordial, dog rose syrup.”
“In the copse pack we received silver birch, rowan and wild cherry. A copse is an oasis for birds and hopefully will create a beautiful attractive feature for pupils. We hope it will become a great outdoor learning area for our pupils.”
It is estimated that it will take twelve years for the saplings to reach head height.